Australia: Winx return delayed due to extreme heat

Hugh Bowman is due to partner Winx again

PICTURE: Getty Images Winx return delayed due to extreme temperatures By David Baxter 8:11AM 10 FEB 2017

Australia: Winx's scheduled comeback has been delayed until Monday, as officials decided to postpone Saturday's card at Randwick due to extreme temperatures.

The forecast is for temperatures to reach up to 40C on Saturday in Sydney, so the decision to push the meeting back was taken on Friday.

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"Racing New South Wales and the Australian Turf Club believed that animal welfare and the welfare of the participants should be the only consideration when making this decision," Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said.

Officially rated the best turf horse in the world, and unbeaten in her last 13 starts, Winx will match the record of fabled 1930 Melbourne Cup hero Phar Lap if she repeats last year's victory in the Star Apollo Stakes, a 7f Group 2 worth A$250,000 (£152,374/€178,842) at Royal Randwick.

The dual Cox Plate heroine is due to face 11 rivals, including Godolphin's Hartnell, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Libran and Irish import Endless Drama.

Trainer Chris Waller described Winx's preparation for the race as faultless, and said: "She's a bit stronger and a bit heavier but she's come together very well," he told the Australian media. "I couldn't be happier.

"She's now not just my horse, the owner's horse or Hugh Bowman's horse, she is the general public's. We're aware of that and try to keep things as simple as we can."

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